Whole 30 – Week 3 Update

Things we’ve learned:

– Breakfast protein has so far mainly consisted of eggs. I love eggs as much as the next person but there is so much one can take. We’re trying different variations of cooking eggs to spice things up!

I present to you Poached Eggs over Butternut Squash and Brussel Sprouts Hash with Smoked Salmon.                  If you’re terrified of poaching eggs – CALL ME! I have completely mastered my method of getting them right every time!

Poached Eggs Butternut squash hash

And Tom still gets to make his famous shakshuka! Also there is our new skilled I mentioned on Week 2 Whole 30 Update

shakshuka recipe

What is helping us stay on track:

– Plantains. Or as Tom has taught me to call them Platanos! But what’s even better is that I found them in the freezer aisle at Wegmans no need to wait for them to ripen!!!  Important side note I’ve only found the Goya Baked Ripe Plantains to be Whole30 compliant. I usually have them for breakfast and they’re the perfect addition.


Hard parts:

– Unfortunately my skin is acting out and  of course it’s really frustrating. I can’t quite figure out if it’s just going through a phase or what. What I do want to change next is my make up routine to include more natural products. If you already use natural with minimal chemicals make up especially full coverage foundation please share your knowledge with me!

ps. Check out our Week 1 Whole 30 Update and Week 2 Whole 30 Update.  If you are looking to further investigate I always recommend you visit the Whole30 for lots of info. Also I found the It Starts with Food  to be a fantastic read to get you motivated and describe sciency stuff in a non sciency way :)

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March 3, 2015 - 7:10 pm

Elma Rama Kukaj - How are you guys liking your lodge? Mine keeps getting better by time :D

March 3, 2015 - 10:42 pm

Keidi Shehu - Omg so good! We made burgers on it again! Should have bought it sooner

Whole 30 – Week 2 Update

Half way through!! Wohooo!

Things we’ve learned:

– Having baked sweet potatoes on hand is a life saver because they take so long to cook we just cook them in big batches and reheat to finish a meal.

– Using Organic Grass-Fed Beef and Nom Nom Paleo’s Big-O Bacon Burgers is the most delicious thing that has ever been created. I will just leave Nom Nom Paleo’s photo right here for you:

bacon burger nom nom paleo

What is helping us stay on track:

– We bought a cast iron skillet and discovered a new way to cook food – this is not specific to Whole30 but still helping :) Wish we had this in time to make the Bacon Burgers but we will have it for the second batch :)

– A new level of energy that actually gets us through the whole day with less sleep then typical for us. I still love my coffee for flavor and don’t need it to start my day. Yeppie!

Hard parts:

– Not being the person that shows up to the party and is only drinking water, the same person that has to ask for all the changes to a restaurant dish and asking the teenager behind the deli counter for the ingredient list of their proscuttio. yea let’s all eye-roll in synchrony

– Also, wine. Because wine.

funny whole 30 wine

ps. Check out our Week 1 Whole 30 Update and if you are looking for more info I always recommend you visit the Whole30 for lots of info. Also I found the It Starts with Food  to be a fantastic read to get you motivated and describe sciency stuff in a non sciency way :)

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Whole 30 – Week 1 Update

Quick update from our first week on the Whole30.

If you’ve never heard of Whole30 the easiest description: it’s a stricter version of Paleo. If you are even remotely interested in this I suggest you research as much as you can – especially the main Whole30 website which is filled with information. I also searched lots of blogs for their take as well as Whole30 friendly recipes which in staying true to myself I’ve been pinning like crazy.

After the holidays our energy level and health took a plunge while the scale ticked a few numbers higher. I’m sure you’ve heard this story before so I’ll skip to the point.

Things we’ve learned in the first week:

– Everything has sugar! seriously!– so reading labels for more than just the calorie, fat and fiber intake has been quite an experience.
CAULIFLOWER RICE – is everything and basically something we’ve already agreed to add to our diet post Whole30. It’s served a great base for saucier meals or stews we would normally have over rice.

What is helping us stay on track:

Support: since we are doing this together it’s a lot easier however we’re also part of a group of a few other friends who are going through this at the same time and sharing recipes and overall support has been a key component
– Reading It Starts with Food which describes Whole30 more in depth and lists the reason why certain foods are not included: things like – sugar,dairy, beans, wheat, soy. This was an easy read and great way to understand more about what goes into our body and some quick science references that still make sense to the rest of us.

The harder parts:

– Setting aside enough time in the morning to make a full breakfast since this was more “grab and go” for us previously. Adjusting of schedules and waking up early is hard!
– Cooking… all the time and that only leads to DISHES! my arch enemy.


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Jessi and Scott 12.13.14

Photography: Tom and Keidi || Venue: Linwood Estate || Music: Mixed Up Productions  || Singers: Never Send a Boy//Victoria and Ethan ||Catering: JDK Catering || Flowers: Wedding and Blooms Floral Studio || Cake: House of Clarendon || Bridal Hair: Impressions Salon || Wedding Dress: Posh Bridal Lancaster

It was such a site to see these two finally tie the knot on 12.13.14! The winter weather could not have been more perfect although we had hope for some snow; it at least made for quick bursts of photos without a sweater on! The beautiful landscaping at Linwood Estate made for some great backdrop options that included full blooming trees, perfect! 


Prettiest dresses ever!! 


Scott working on a model contract.. just saying :) 

The moment Jessi and Scott saw each other for the first time on their wedding day. Tear jerker moment here! 


These photos feel so old hollywood glamour to me!!love them!
Ahhhh the foot pop!  

Never Send a Boy, Victoria and Ethan performed their cover version of Keith Urban’s Without You in the sweetest most beautiful way and melted everyones hearts. You can check out some more of their music on YouTube.
The newlyweds participated in a little friendly DJ competition and drove the crowd crazy with lessons by the best DJ in Town Mixed Up Productions


And the Photo Booth was a major success! 



Jessi and Scott sent off a Chinese lantern at the end of their night. alone. together. with a little help from a friend :) Best ending to their night! 

Jessi and Scott thank you for allowing us to be part of your day!! We are so grateful and wish you guys nothing but happiness!

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December 30, 2014 - 10:08 am

Danielle Sauve - This day was everything and more that Jessi and Scott could have hoped for, and I’m so happy for them that you have captured all the beauty of it! These photos are fabulous!

December 30, 2014 - 10:24 am

Lauren Stasko - Love Love the pics!!

December 30, 2014 - 10:24 am

Jodi Garber - Such beautiful pictures of a fantastic wedding!

December 30, 2014 - 1:48 pm

Charity Murtorff - Perfect job capturing a perfect wedding!!!

December 30, 2014 - 2:09 pm

Caity Serra - Beautiful moments from a perfect day! Love them all!

December 30, 2014 - 2:12 pm

Kelly McGranaghan - The pictures are absolutely beautiful. Months of hard work and planning paid off…the day was perfection. Thank you for letting me share these memories with you. Congrats to the Thomas family! xoxo

December 30, 2014 - 2:19 pm

Ashley Mae Hock - Absolutely beautiful pictures!

December 30, 2014 - 2:32 pm

Jenell Thomas Rehm - Love the pics!!!

December 30, 2014 - 3:24 pm

Danielle Lowe - Wonderful pictures!!! The day couldn’t have gone any better! : )

December 30, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Lauren Stasko - Love love love the pictures! What a beautiful and fun day!

December 30, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Pam Rehm - Loved all the pics – beautiful setting!

December 30, 2014 - 4:01 pm

Mallory Lutz - Love love love these photos. Jessi looked AMAZING!!

December 31, 2014 - 1:54 am

Tracy Peiffer - Beautiful pics! This couple is just stunning! Jessica & Scott are an amazing couple captured well in these photos

January 1, 2015 - 10:06 am

Lynne Keiser - Beautiful…stunning! My baby girl married her true love

January 3, 2015 - 4:38 pm

Pam McGranaghan - Jessi and Scott, you two are beautiful inside and out! These pictures brought tears to my eyes, more than once!! They captured the magic of your special day. Congratulations!!

February 18, 2015 - 4:28 pm

Elma Rama Kukaj - The photographs look gorgeous and so does everyone in it! Beautiful colors, tones and captures! :)

Engagement – Chelsea and John

Romance. Real romance on a canoe with an adorable pup and two people madly in love. Keep scrolling.

LOOK at this light! no not just the sunlight because that’s obviously rad but look at these two! Literally within the first few minutes of our shoot, I love how relaxed they are next to each other.

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Look at this puppy’s face!!
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There’s nothing more delicious than a save the date… I’m just sayin’
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August 21, 2014 - 9:37 am

Kristina - Love these, shows the true them

August 21, 2014 - 10:09 am

Steph - I love these pictures. I cant wait for the BIG day. I so excited!!!!

August 21, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Kimber Mom - I’m so glad they hired you two !!

August 21, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Kathryn B. Kerr - Just love these pictures. Perfect and they captured John and Chelsea in their best. Thanks for the wonderful pictures.

August 21, 2014 - 6:58 pm

Sam - I love all of these! So hard to chose a favorite!

August 21, 2014 - 7:40 pm

Lori Swigart Leps - Awesome pics!

August 21, 2014 - 10:52 pm

Samantha Heimbach - I love these so much! They are perfect! Love you both!

August 21, 2014 - 10:58 pm

Dan Ort-Patrick - Beautiful pictures!!!

August 21, 2014 - 11:17 pm

Toody Silvis - What a beautiful couple! So happy for you!!

August 21, 2014 - 11:43 pm

Mary Spangler Heimbach - Congratulations Chelsea and John Miss you Chelsea you always had that smile and glad to see you can share it with someone you love good luck and best wishes for the both of you

August 22, 2014 - 1:02 am

Samantha Filson - They are beautiful! I can’t wait to be apart of your wedding! We are going to have so much fun :)

September 2, 2014 - 5:17 am